(VELINO) Roma, 23 Mar - Workshop at Italian Parliament on"Geopolitical and Economic Scenarios in the Western Pacific"that will be held at the Chamber of Deputies on March 30. Theevent is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairsand is organised by the Italy-Japan Foundation, the JapaneseEmbassy in Italy, the Japan Cultural Institute in Rome and theItaly Japan Business Group. During the event, Professor MatakeKamiya, of the National Defence College of Tokyo, willillustrate Japan's position on crucial security issues in EastAsia. In particular, he will talk about the development ofNorth Korea's nuclear and missile technology, the shift in themilitary balance in East Asia due to the rise of China, theissue of the disputed islands Senkaku (or Diaoyu in Chinese)and Takeshima (or Dokdo in Korean) and, more generally, thechanges in the balance of power worldwide. The workshop will beattended by Stefano Dambruoso, police commissioner at theChamber of Deputies and president of the Italy-Japan FriendshipParliamentary Association; Franco Mazzei, professor emeritus atthe Naples University L'Orientale and professor of AsianStudies at the LUISS Guido Carli University; Romeo Orlandi,professor of Economics of East Asia at the University ofBologna and president of the Scientific Committee of the AsiaObservatory. Mario Sechi, editorialist of Italian daily IlFoglio, will make the introductory statement. The debate willinclude contributions by Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Japanese Ambassadorto Italy; Fumio Matsunaga, director of the Japan CulturalInstitute; Umberto Vattani, president of the Italy-JapanFoundation; Giorgio Zappa, president of the Italy JapanBusiness Group, and Massimo D'Aiuto, CEO and Director Generalof SIMEST, a company established to support businesses in allphases of development. vel.